Exploring the Learn-To-Code Options

Exploring the Learn-To-Code Options

I've helped lead the Technology Club for the past two years at my school.  The twenty 4th and 5th graders would meet once a week after school for about an hour to work through various tech projects.  This past year, we spent time learning how to screencast as well completing a few movie-making projects.  Near the end of the school year last year I saw the now famous Code.org video (above) pushing for computer programming education and I thought that our Tech Club would be an awesome avenue to try this out!  I began to explore my options. I have…
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My Flip That Sort Of Flopped

My Flip That Sort Of Flopped

So last year was my first attempt to 'flip' my classroom.  I find myself wanting to kind of avoid the word 'flipped,' not only because I want to be wary of educational fads / GAMECHANGERS! but also because I don't really feel I 'flipped' my classroom, I just provided resources for them to learn online. I've read so many things about different people's experiences from: 'I flipped my classroom and 100% of my students passed or got commended on the end-of-year state assessments' to 'I did it, I liked it, I think it may be a fad and I'm not…
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Parent Communication Tech

Parent Communication Tech

When I received my teacher evaluation last year, one area that I didn't score as high as anticipated was in the area of parent communication, which sort of confused me.  I had BCCed my AP each time I sent out an email to parents, which was fairly frequent.  There was the sort of mini-newsletter each week discussing the things we were covering that week, there were the notifications about positive behavior I was seeing in some students, as well as the communiques about any inappropriate behavior that needed to be addressed.  But through the midsts of all of that, there…
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